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thegazette www.westerngazette.ca WESTERN’S DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER ã EST.1906 ã VOLUME 103, ISSUE 32 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009 ... tired of covering strikes since 1906 SPORTS ROWING Double gold for Mustangs… p.8 A&E RAH RAH Confetti and pop rocks at Blackshire … p.6 NEWS ANOTHER POSSIBLE STRIKE This time at U of T … p.3 Latest LTC offer declined USC keeping tabs on transit negotiations By Meagan Kashty Gazette Staff London transit workers rejected their company’s final offer on Tues- day,
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  the gazette www.westerngazette.ca WESTERN’S DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPERãEST.1906 ã VOLUME 103, ISSUE 32 T HURSDAY , O CTOBER 29, 2009 ... tired of covering strikes since 1906 SPORTS ROWING Double gold for Mustangs… p.8 A&E RAH RAH Confetti and pop rocks at Blackshire … p.6 NEWS ANOTHER POSSIBLE STRIKE This time at U of T … p.3 Latest LTCoffer declined USC keeping tabs ontransit negotiations By Meagan Kashty  Gazette Staff  London transit workers rejectedtheir company’s final offer on Tues-day, leaving the London TransitCommission dispute unresolved. Amalgamated Transit UnionLocal 471, a representative of theLTC’s staff, referred to a 94 per centrejection rate of the offer made.“It gave us a chance to expresshow dissatisfied we were andexpress a democracy to vote, yes orno,” John Gillet, vice-president of Local 471, said.He added while workers havenot come to an agreement, they willcontinue to work regular hours asthey have in the past couple of days.However, employees are refusing to work voluntary overtime.Gillet pointed out some preva-lent misconceptions of transit workers, particularly the belief they are city workers.“We don’t receive any of the ben-efits that city workers receive,” Gilletnoted. “We wanted to be comparedto other transit workers and whatthey receive and what they do.” According to Gillet, the ridershipin Guelph is in the neighbourhoodof 12 million passengers a year, whereas the ridership in London isbetween 23 and 24 million. Guelphtransit workers, however, makeroughly $1 more per hour.He added Hamilton transit workers make about $3 more.Threats of a strike have leftmany students aggravated with theidea they will have to find their own way to school, but the University Students’ Council is maintaining contact with the LTC in order to beupdated on any new information.“We [are] continuing to liaise with LTC to get the latest info fromnegotiations,” Dan Moulton, USCvice-president university affairs,said. “Our primary concern is thatstudents get to campus,” he added.Gillet was quick to point out astrike is not the first option for theunion.“At this present time, we want tokeep working,” Gillet said. “Weunderstand it’s an essential serviceand students have to get to theirexams. We understand it’s very important.” While negotiations are not cur-rently taking place, the union hasexpressed they are willing to meet with management at any time andlook at another offer.“What we would really like is justa starting point to start getting someof those benefits,” Gillet concluded.“We’re just looking for a starting point and getting basic benefits.”London transit’s managementcould not be reached for commentby press time. MANAGING MIDTERM STRESS By Shreya Tekriwal Gazette Staff   As midterms and assignments pileup for many students, Western’sadministration is looking into theimplications of altering its policy ontests and examinations outside theexam period.Under current policies, studentsmay request alternative arrange-ments if they are scheduled to writemore than two examinations in a23-hour period.However, this policy does notapply to midterm tests. Therefore,students with three midterms with-in 23 hours may not be able torequest alternate accommodationsin accordance with the policy.“There is a difference in termi-nology. People refer to midterms asexams but the [accurate] terminol-ogy for that is tests,” Lee Ann Wil-son, team leader of examinationservices at Western, said.Despite classifications, thedemand of midterms is a notice-able issue, according to Dan Moul-ton, vice-president university affairs for the University Students’Council,“I think that’s obviously a con-cern for students, because when itcomes to midterms, the workloadseems to increase more and moreevery year,” Moulton said.One student senator hasbrought the issue to the attention of John Doerksen, vice-provost acade-mic programs and students at Western.Ray Park, the USC undergradu-ate senator-at-large who contactedDoerksen, voiced his concern forstudent constituents.“There is no real differencebetween final exams and midtermexams in my opinion,” Park said.“[In most cases], midterm examsare worth just as much as finalexams.”“During midterms, you are evenmore stressed because you haveother work going on at the sametime […] like assignments [and]extra-curricular [activities],” Jaclyn Vertes, a third-year social sciencestudent, said. “Often exams are onthe exact same amount of materialas midterms.”Doerksen explained one of thechallenges in changing policy isthat, while the registrar’s officeoversees the three in 23 hours poli-cy for final exams, midterms are theresponsibility of each faculty.To help with midterm stress,some universities have initiated fallreading weeks; however, Westernhas not followed suit. While Park believed the policy changes should be passed withoutmuch discussion, he did not feel Western’s administration will beimplementing a fall reading week.“Senate policy requires a mini-mum number of days for a term. And so if we were to implement afall reading week then that wouldmean an earlier start to the term ora later ending,” Doerksen added.“We are hopeful that the Univer-sity will recognize that the stressesof academics are not limited to theexam period […] and that they areincredibly difficult during themidterms [as well],” Moultonadded. According to Gail Hutchinson,director of the Student Develop-ment Centre, all programs includ-ing psychological services face anincrease in demand during midterms.“Midterms have put me behindin every single class by three weeks,” Vertes added, whileemphasizing the greater impor-tance of applying the policy tomidterms over final exams. Additionally, the examinationpolicy requires final exams to be ina consecutive order.“I have five final exams in six days. [The academic counsellors]are not going to do anything aboutit,” Vertes said. “They said there arestill a few hours between each exam[…] do they not want us to sleep?” While Moulton characterizedthe current examination policy asfair and appropriate, he felt it stillrequired some work.Doerksen noted Western wouldbe looking into the implications of applying examination policy tomidterms. “We are hopeful thatthe University willrecognize that thestresses of acade-mics are not limitedto the exam period[…] and that they areincredibly difficultduring the midterms[as well].” — Dan Moulton USC vice-president university affairs Brett Higgs/Gazette CRAM CITY. Students currently facing three midterms within 23 hours cannot request alternative arrangements according to Western policy. Midterms prompt policy discussion Increased workload sees rise in demand for psychological services  Vandervoort recognized Tony Vandervoort, a Western healthsciences professor, received a sur-prise at the end of last week, as helearned he would be the recipientof an esteemed award for hisresearch in the field of aging. Vandervoort has been conduct-ing research at Western for 25 years,studying the benefits of exerciseprograms on the physical effects of aging. The Herbert A. de VriesResearch Award he will receivecomes from a large American orga-nization representing educators inthe physical and health fields.“I’m delighted by it and a littlebit humbled to be amongst a list of outstanding researchers who’vereceived it in the past,” Vandervoortsaid. Recognition from an Ameri-can organization for studies done ata Canadian university is an impor-tant factor for Vandervoort.“When I accept this award, I’ll beacknowledging a large group of stu-dents and faculty, colleagues andadministrators to whom I feelindebted for supporting our researchover these past 25 years,” he said. Vandervoort highlighted thesupportive environment Westernhas for such research — specifical-ly the team of graduate students who have conducted studies withhim at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western.“It’s like I’m accepting on behalf of the group,” he said humbly. He will be receiving the award inMarch of 2010. —Allie Fonarev  Man stabbed downtown  A 24-year-old man was stabbed fol-lowing a confrontation on a Lon-don Transit Commission bus.The victim was involved in analtercation with four other people while riding the bus last Monday and was followed by the group afterexiting near Dundas and RichmondStreets. The victim was stabbed atthe intersection at approximately 7:15 p.m.“It is unusual to have something happen where there are lots of peo-ple and during the daylight,” said Amy Phillipo, media relations offi-cer for London Police Services. According to Phillipo, Londonpolice srcinally sought the arrest of four suspects, but arrested only one17-year-old male on Tuesday night.Upon further investigation, policedetermined the man arrested wasthe only person responsible for thestabbing. He is charged with aggra-vated assault, two counts of posses-sion of a dangerous weapon, utter-ing threats and assault with a weapon. — Ora Morison Bomb hoax at York  A bomb threat called in to York Uni-versity on Tuesday afternoon pre-vented a number of students from writing their midterm exams.Two buildings were evacuatedaround 3:00 p.m. following thephone call and students as well asstaff were allowed to re-enterroughly two hours later. According to officials, the quick resumption of class and work did not mean theevent was insignificant.“A hoax such as this takesresources away from the communi-ty, both in the form of fire personneland police and, in this case, it dis-rupted traffic,” Alex Bilyk, directorof media relations for York, said.Bilyk noted similar hoaxesappear to be more frequent during exam periods, but did not confirmthe most recent prank was per-formed to avoid an exam. Helamented the inconveniencecaused to students who were pre-pared for their exams and worriedthe York community may not takethreats seriously if hoaxes becomemore common.“It is our obvious hope that who-ever is responsible will be caught. If it is a student, expulsion will be theleast of their problems. A criminalact such as this merits full punish-ment,” Bilyk said. — Ora Morison P2 ➤ news theGazette ãT HURSDAY , O CTOBER 29, 2009 NEWS BRIEFS  puzzle solution frompage 7  Friday,October 30  Show starts 9:30 pm (doors open 8:30 pm)  L   ONDON M  USIC H   ALL   185 Queens Avenue ã519-432-1107  Tickets $15  Get them online at:   www.londonmusichall.com www.ticketscene.ca/events/1275  USS and The Scenario  A benefit concert for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre  GREATSHOW ã GREATCAUSE  [Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker]   0  9 1  0 2  9  Thursday Cloudy with sunny breaksHigh 12ºCLow 8ºC Friday Light rainHigh 16ºCLow 12ºC Saturday Cloudy with sunny breaksHigh 9ºCLow 5ºC 3-DAY WEATHER FORECAST  We Offer Student DiscountsWe Offer Student Discounts  We Offer Student Discounts   Airbus   Who’s Taking You to the Airport?     0   9   1   0   2   9  Happy Halloween!   519-673-6804 or 1-800-265-4948  Book On-line: www.robertq.com  Serving Toronto and Detroit Airports The Cryptoquip is a substitution cipher in which one letter stands for another. If you think that Xequals O, it will equal O throughout the puzzle. Single letters, short words and words using an apos-trophe give you clues to locating vowels. Solution is by trial and error.© 2002 by Kings Features Syndicate, Inc.  By Mike Hayes Gazette Staff   Another Ontario university may soon find its operations severely impacted by a strike.Sessional instructors at the Uni-versity of Toronto have voted them-selves into a legal strike position.On Nov. 9, members of theCanadian Union of Public Employ-ees local 3902 will be able to strike.The union represents part-time lec-turers and instructors who teachapproximately 30 per cent of U of T’s undergraduate courses.Mikael Swayze, the staff repre-sentative for CUPE local 3902, citedthree main sources of contention forthe union going into negotiations: wages, job security and research.Most of the University’s bargain-ing units were in negotiations last year before, during, and after theeconomic crisis, Swayze said. Henoted that even with the financialtroubles, most groups were givenannual increases of around threeper cent.“Now, [U of T] is coming to thebargaining unit and saying 1.5 percent for three years,” Swayze said.“Our members are only paid onaverage about $15,000 a year.”He noted the discrepancy in wages was especially visible whenU of T was compared to Ryersonand York universities.Sessional instructors at U of Tonly organized under a union rela-tively recently, compared to Ryer-son and York’s units who organizedin the 1970s. “We’ve been playing catch-up ever since,” Swayze said.Sessional instructors at U of Tshould not pay a premium to work at the school, he added.“Especially when our full-timefaculty members are paid muchmore than their counterparts at York or Ryerson.” Another issue brought forward was job security. Under currentconditions, sessional instructorsmust reapply for their positionsevery four to eight months, making it difficult to count on long-term work in Swayze’s eyes.“It’d be great if we had the same job security as a Wal-Mart worker ora Tim Hortons coffee slinger,”Swayze quipped. “We’re not eventalking about the same job security as a civil servant or a professor.”The union’s final grievance con-cerns research assistance. While theUniversity provides full-time facul-ty with resources for their research,sessional instructors are required todo research work on their own timeand out of their own pocket.“[Under the current model]there is no conference funding, nogrants to do research, no supportfor subscriptions to academic jour-nals,” Swayze said.Laurie Stephens, director of media relations for the U of T,explained the school would notcomment on issues currently underdiscussion.“The University is committed togetting a fair and balanced resultfrom negotiations,” Stephens said. news ➤ P3theGazette ãT HURSDAY , O CTOBER 29, 2009  Complete 30-Hour Seminars ã Convenient Weekend Schedule ã Proven Test-Taking Strategies ã Experienced Course Instructors ã Comprehensive Study Materials ã Simulated Practice Exams ã Limited Class Size ã Free Repeat Policy ã Personal Tutoring Available ã Thousands of Satisfied Students LSAT MCATGMAT GRE Preparation Seminars OXFORD SEMINARS 1-800-269-6719416-924-3240www.oxfordseminars.ca   ATTENTION   STUDENTS USING  SERVICES FOR STUDENTS  WITH DISABILITIES  We would like to remind you that you must meet witha counsellor at Services for Students with Disabilities(SSD), in the Student Development Services, toarrange academic accommodation for your 2009fall/winter courses.  If you have not yet requested accommodation for yourcourses, and you wish to use accommodation for December 2009 exams  , you must meet with acounsellor by  Wednesday, November 18th  .Accommodation for December 2009 exams cannot bearranged by Exam Services if requested after this date. To book your appointmentplease call 519-661-2147  091029 Thirty per cent of U of Tundergrad teachers set to strike  Wages, job security and research on bargaining table CUPE 3902 DEMANDS List of issues in dispute for the union fall into three groups:  WAGES ãMembers allegedly earn only$15,000 a year while carrying a largeteaching loadãProposed raise of 3.5 per cent firstyear followed by a 3 per cent increasethe following two yearsãWage increase would be accom-panied by a four per cent marketadjustmentãU of T is offering a 1.5 per centwage increase over three years JOB SECURITY ãUnion wants a change from currentsystem where members must reapplyfor jobs every four to eight months RESEARCH ãMembers should have access tothe same research resources grantedto full-time faculty Maria Samhouri/Gazette FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Members of the Muslim Students’ Associationmet on Wednesday wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness. MSA BREAST CANCER DAY Interested in journalism? Gazette News has openings for writers and interns.Visit Rm. 263 and talk tomanaging editor Jaela Bernstien   As anxious students fill the libraries and struggle throughmidterm season, the stress on campus is palpable. Espe-cially at an institution that boasts “academic excellence” like Western, there’s no doubt students should work hard  for their degrees. However, is the University demanding toomuch of its students?  Technically, university should be preparing us formeeting the demands and rigours of adult life. However,collegial expectations have little application to life in the“real world.” Teaching students time management skills isone thing, but earning a respectable grade should notrequire one or two all-nighters in a row. Western Senate policy allows students to file an appealif more than two exams are scheduled within 23 hours;however, this rule does not apply to midterms. Thismeans students are often faced with deadlines for exams,assignments and essays all in a tight period of time —along with having to balance their daily class schedulesand other commitments. A manager would never expect employees to completeseveral varied, highly challenging and rigidly timed tasks within 24 hours — likewise, a university should never dothe same. Admittedly, studying at Western is supposed to be achallenge. We regard ourselves as among the best institu-tions in North America because our programs are moredemanding, our content is more complex and the work  we produce is of a higher standard.But where do we draw the line? The University’s expec-tations of students are, at times, excessive. There has tobe a way to encourage high performance without pushing students to the point of nervous breakdown. A second reading week during October is one solutionto alleviating the stress of midterm season. Certainly moststudents would not mind sacrificing a week from theirsummer or winter vacation if it meant gaining somemuch needed study time during the fall. Another solution would be to limit the grade weights of midterms to be level with or below the weight of finalexams. When a course’s midterm reflects a significant per-centage of a student’s mark, a one-time poor perfor-mance could dig a deep hole in anyone’s average.Schools should also be looking at the ways they evalu-ate students. Timed, multiple-choice exams are not anappropriate judge of a student’s knowledge. Throwing anyone into a high-stress situation — especially those with learning disabilities or anxiety issues — is setting them up for failure.Ultimately, it’s not only Western we should be criti-cizing, but also the general university system. Midtermstress is simply a symptom of a larger problem among post-secondary institutions — instead of testing an indi-vidual’s ability to comprehend and apply knowledge,education has become a forced habit of memorizing andregurgitating information — a far cry from academicexcellence. For more on midterm mania, see Pg. 1 Education vs.Memorizationthe gazette Volume 103,issue 32  “Well, you see, Siegfried, I thought it would be a lot easier to study fortomorrow’s exam if I had a copy of it tonight.” — MAXWELL SMART IN GET SMART Ryan HendrickCarly ConwayJaela Bernstien Editor-In-Chief Deputy Editor Managing Editor Editor - gazette.editor@uwo.caDeputy - gazette.deputy.editor@uwo.caManaging - gazette.managing.editor@uwo.ca website at www.westerngazette.ca University Community Centre Rm. 263The University of Western OntarioLondon, Ontario, CANADA. N6A 3K7Advertising Dept.: (519) 661-3579, Fax: (519) 661-3960Editorial Offices: (519) 661-3580, Fax: (519) 661-3825 The Gazette  is owned and published by the University Students’ Council.  An open letter to President Amit Chak-ma and the Board of Governors: In late September, 88 per cent of thelibrarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario authorized their unionto initiate strike proceedings. The 55librarians and archivists at Western havebeen without a contract since July 1. Thereasons for this decision are three-fold:First, the librarians and archivists wish to ensure they receive fair job eval-uations conducted by their peers inorder to continue to develop as profes-sionals, academics and educators.Secondly, they are calling forincreased job security. This would pro-vide assurances that our librarians andarchivists are allowed to continue per-forming the duties and responsibilitiesthey have been hired to carry out with-out fear of involuntary relocation orreassignment.Thirdly, they are seeking improve-ments in salaries and benefits equitableand representative of their collectivelevel of education, academic knowledgeand professional roles. Despite the wealth of riches available at Western, ourlibrarians and archivists are among thelowest paid in Canada. According to the2009-2010 Canadian Association of Uni-versity Teachers Almanac, the averagesalary of a librarian at Western is nearly $15,000 less than that of the nationalaverage for academic librarians in Cana-da. Moreover, in comparison to the 113members of the Association of ResearchLibraries, the salaries and benefits forlibrarians at Western Libraries rank at91st.These highly trained and highly edu-cated professionals are experts in theirfield. They provide the student body, as well as faculty and staff with an inim-itable wealth of academic expertise. Ourlibrarians and archivists are the heart of the university: facilitating the flow of scholarly information and researchthroughout the University and its affili-ates. Additionally, these individuals arehighly respected mentors and role mod-els for the students in Canada’s leading Library and Information Science pro-gram at Western.The librarians and archivists havestridently kept pace with the rapid tech-nological changes affecting the profes-sion. Now it is time for Western to alsokeep up with the times by providing ourlibrarians and archivists with a fair dealreflective of their intrinsic value to thesuccess of Western and its student body. We, the undersigned Library andInformation Science student groupsalong with the Library and Information’sScience student body, pledge our sup-port to the librarians and archivists at theUniversity of Western Ontario: our col-leagues, peers and future professionals. — Debbie Kendze Chair of the Canadian Library AssociationUWO Student Chapter Julia Merritt Master of Library and Information ScienceStudent Council Jessica Luet Member of Librarians Without BordersUWO Committee P4 ➤ opinions theGazette ãT HURSDAY , O CTOBER 29, 2009 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Editorials appearing under the ‘opinions’ heading are decidedupon by a majority of the editorial board and are written by amember of the editorial board but are not necessarily theexpressed opinion of each editorial board member. All otheropinions are strictly those of the author and do not necessarilyreflect the opinions of the USC, The Gazette  , its editors or staff. Letters: Must include the contributor’s name, identification (ie.History II, Dean of Arts) and be submitted to gazette.opin-ions@uwo.ca. Letters judged by the Editor-In-Chief to be libelousor derogatory will not be published. The Gazette reserves theright to edit letters and submissions and makes no guaranteesthat a letter will be published.All articles, letters, photographs, graphics, illustrations and car-toons published in The Gazette , both in the newspaper and onlineversions, are the property of The Gazette. By submitting any suchmaterial to The Gazette for publication, you grant to The Gazette a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable license topublish such material in perpetuity in any media, including but notlimited to, The Gazette ‘s hard copy and online archives. ã Please recycle this newspaper ã Section Editors 2009-2010 Ryan Abreu, Tara Athar, Katherine Atkinson, Erin Baker, Mary AnnBoateng, Jordan Brown, Dylan Clark, Julie-Anne Cleyn, Caitlin Conroy,Sari Rose Conter, Adam Crozier, Angela Easby. Adam Feldman, MarkFilipowich, Jennifer Gautier, Ricki-Lee Gerbrandt, Jeremy Gritten, EliotHong, Alan Hudes, Aras Kolya, Aaron Korolnek, Jay LaRochelle, ColinLim, Julia Lovgren, Bryn McDonnell, Kevin Melhuish, Paula Meng, OraMorison, Jessie Murdock, Maciej Pawlak, Jonathan Pinkus, JayminProulx, Gennelle Smith, Cali Travis, Jennifer Urbanski, Dale Williams,Casey Yetman, Emily Zhou Gazette Staff 2009-2010 News - gazette.news@uwo.caSports - gazette.sports@uwo.caA&E - gazette.entertainment@uwo.caOpinions - gazette.opinions@uwo.caSeniors - gazette.senior@gmail.com Gazette Composing Ian Greaves, Manager Maja Anjoli-Bili ć , Cheryl Forster Gazette Advertising Alex McKay, Manager Mark Ritchie, Karen Savino, Diana Watson News  Allie FonarevMeagan Kashty Abid-Aziz LadhaniShreya Tekriwal Senior Mike HayesLauren Pelley Sports Daniel Da SilvaGrace Davis Arden Zwelling Graphics  Ali ChiuJesse Tahirali Arts & Entertainment  Amber GarrattNicole GibilliniMaddie Leznoff  Opinions Jaclyn Haggarty Photography Laura BarclayBrett HiggsCorey Stanford Web Stuart Thompson Librarians, archivistsstand in solidarity  In the spirit of Halloween, the Gazette  looks back this week at the hauntedhappenings of one of the city’s mostbeloved theatre houses.London locals are likely familiar with the story of Ambrose Small —the big shot theatre entrepreneurfrom Toronto whose mysterious dis-appearance and reported haunting have fascinated people for years. Thestory begins in 1901 when Smallmoved to the sleepy town of London,Ontario and soon acquired owner-ship of the Grand Theatre, which stillstands on Richmond Row today.Legend has it, following a series of failed attempts to produce a successfultheatrical show, Small deposited a mil-lion-dollar cheque into his bank account, had lunch with his wife, leftfor Toronto and was never heard fromagain. Police immediately launched afull investigation that focused exten-sively on his London theatre house,but Small’s body was never found.But that was not the last London-ers heard of Ambrose Small.Since his disappearance, a series of strange events have taken place in thehallowed halls of the Grand Theatre.Jay Campbell, local TV weathermantold the G azette  in 1990 of his ownencounter with Small’s ghost, whichoccurred in 1964.“I went to the back [of the theatre]and I saw this glowing apparitioncrossing the catwalk. It was a smallishperson, dressed in period clothing.I’m convinced that I saw the ghost of  Ambrose Small,” Campbell recalled.“I got out of there fast. I don’t really believe in ghosts, but I keep saying tomyself, ‘what did I see there?’” Did you know? Only a few more sleeps until All Hallows’ Eve.But there’s no need to be scared.Just be sure to pick up the  Gazette tomorrow for our ghoulish weekend edition. And remember to vote for Murray, the Gazette’s  boo-ti-ful entry in the USC pumpkin-carving contest.All entries are on display in the Students’ Council Office, Rm. 340 of the UCC.
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